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Franschhoek, Short Cycle, Village Tour

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We start our Franschhoek Village Cycle Tour from the historic Dutch Reformed churchyard on Main Road. Amongst the first Europeans to settle in the valley were French Huguenots who, after being persecuted for their Protestant faith, left France and, in 1688, were given land by the Dutch East India Company in what was then known as Olifantshoek (Elephant’s Corner). The newcomers named their farms La Motte, Bourgogne, Champagne and La Provence and other names reminiscent of their homeland and began to cultivate wines. By the early 18th century the valley was referred to as ‘de France Hoek’ (the French Corner) and by 1805 Franschhoek was the official name.

This fascinating tour highlights significant Huguenot farms and how building styles changed over the years. We learn how to identify the early Cape Dutch buildings with their distinctive, ornate rounded gables, symmetrical windows and H-shaped design, and those that had been ‘Victorianised’ with the addition of verandahs and sash windows. We cycle through the village, stop at the Huguenot Memorial and then weave our way to vineyards which are steeped in tradition but also innovating and introducing new ideas to Viniculture and wine pairings. We stop at one of the favourite wine farms for a memorable tasting which include wine farms such as La Bri and Holden Manz which have some breathtaking views.

2018 / 19 Season: Short, 3-Hour Excursion $ 95.00 USD per person

Inquire about our half-day or full-day ($115 and $230 respectively, per person) options. Special ‘out-of-season’ rates available upon request.

INCLUDES:
• Bicycles and all equipment
• Meet us in the Village for the trip departure
• Excellent and varied cycle and walking, exclusive wineries & cellar tours
• Personal service from the best guides in the industry
• Gourmet canapés, wine and beverages

Note: Prices are quoted in United States Dollars (USD) per person and are subject to change without notice. Even so we are based in South Africa, the recent swings in the local currency necessitated the conversion to a USD based rate system. This means we don’t change our rates with the swings and can absorb a 2 to 3 point swing up or down, without having to update rates constantly. It ensures a stable rate and consistent quality and product availability throughout our product portfolio.

Minimum group size is 2 guests (we’ll still run the tour for a single guest, subject to a private tour supplement of $20 USD). Enquire about discounts for larger groups (typically 6 guests and over).

DATES:
Every day: Advance booking essential.

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